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A podcast about independent artists for independent artists. Each episode highlights different humans from all walks of life and their individual stories about inspiration, determination, struggle and so much more. Dive into the fantastic minds of these amazing people, absorb some useful knowledge and expand your perspective on the world around you! It's like, really important and stuff… or whatever. Curated, Produced and Hosted by Sikes. Start The Beat is part of the Epicast family.

Oct 13, 2017

Take a jump in the time machine back to December 2015 when I first sat down face to face with Steve LaRussa for Episode 071 of Start The Beat. It's been almost 2 years since we recorded this conversation but if you don't know already Steve, you should get to know him because if you follow Sikes at all you're going to...


Oct 5, 2017

Grab your headphones, a cup of coffee, a shovel and drag yourself to the closet graveyard because we got some work to do. Today I sit down with Nathan King for a talk about putting yourself out there and developing creative relationships outside of the “basement”. Nathan is a composer, filmmaker, photographer,...


Sep 21, 2017

This week I sit down with my friends Jarett Laudadio & Justin Campbell AGAIN to discuss more songs on the Billboard music charts and breakdown what we either hate or surprisingly love about them. This time we're analyzing the TOP 5 Rock Airplay songs. This episode was recorded on August 31, 2017 so the current Top 5...


Sep 14, 2017

JOIN THE MOVEMENT! Today I sit down with Josh Corcoran from the web series Spare Change for a talk about utilizing your resources to make a change. No pun intended! HAH! If you don't know, Spare Change is a Pittsburgh-based web series documenting their journey playing music to raise money for those in need and it is...


Sep 7, 2017

Technology is nuts and maybe kids spending their time on computers isn't always such a bad thing. Today I sit down with songwriter/producer Lili Traviato for a talk about her humble beginnings using Garage Band to record songs at the age of 8 and how her work has evolved over the past 10 years of learning, creating and...